About RGSA

Goals and Philosophy

  1. Our Goals:

    • Our recreational program will continue to provide soccer for every player who wishes to play within our community.

    • For each age group the competitive program will have teams represented at all tiers of competitive soccer and will also offer quality programming for those desiring a lower level of commitment.

    • Through prudent financial management and fundraising initiatives, the Richmond Girls Soccer Association will continue to secure the use of year- round training facilities within the community in collaboration with the City of Richmond and/or the Richmond School Board.

    • Our elite players will be regularly securing scholarships to university and college programs and competing for places on BCSPL, Provincial and National teams.

    • Our top-level coaches will share their coaching expertise with less experienced coaches and older players creating a cycle of knowledge that will sustain Richmond Girls Soccer Association into the future.

    • New complements to our staff of professional coaches will be recruited primarily from players graduating from our program.

    • Players of all abilities will return year after year because at Richmond Girls Soccer Association they learn skills and improve their game while having a great time. 


    PHILOSOPHY

    Long Term Player Development is the primary objective of Richmond Girls Soccer Association. This development breaks down into four components: Technical, Tactical, Physical, and Psychological. As the age level increases, different components are stressed.

    Technical growth: The individual ability to handle the ball consists of: dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, heading, and goal keeping. A solid Technical foundation increases the players’ ability to understand the Tactical aspects of the game.

    Tactical awareness: A player must understand when to apply the appropriate technique based on the demands placed upon them by their opponents. Tactical awareness is a players understanding of a system of play or strategy. As a player progresses through age groups, Tactical play becomes a major component of our teaching.

    Physical ability: Soccer is a demanding physical sport, and each player will need to obtain a certain level of fitness. A majority of this fitness training takes place in the actual training exercises. Physical fitness determines a lot in the game of soccer. When players become physically tired, they become mentally tired. When they become mentally tired they can no longer perform the technical skills needed. When players lose their technical ability, their tactics disappears.

    Psychological understanding: How a player reacts to certain situations can either help or hurt the overall team effort. Our goal is to focus on the present. Soccer is a game of mistakes. This is how we learn. We will work to focus all of our players energies in a positive manner, and on things they can control.

Excellence

We believe in the right of all individuals to pursue their personal levels of excellence. The Richmond Girls Soccer Association will strive at all times to sustain club excellence.

Fun

We believe in soccer being fun.

Fairness

We believe in fairness on and off the field of play, as characterized by equality, integrity and trust.

Respect

We believe in free and open communication and respect for the views, role and contribution of all.

Leadership

We believe that those who coach and lead soccer teams and activities at the Richmond Girls Soccer Association have a responsibility to teach and apply the values of the the club. We also believe that youth participation in sport builds leaders. 

TD Staff

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Brent Branker
    Coaching background includes:
  • RGSA Technical and Development Coach from 2012 to present
  • RYSA 1994 boys Provincial Champs, National Championship Finals
  • RYSA 1997 boys multiple Provincial Championships at the metro level
  • Argentina AC ( Vancouver Metro Premier) First Division Champions
  • Fusion FC 1997 and 1998 Boys ( BCSPL)
  • RGSA 2001 girls metro (current)
  • Fusion FC 1998 Girls ( BCSPL/current)
  • Whitecaps FC training Camps
  • Caribbean All Stars 2005 Nations Cup Champions

           Education includes:

  • National B Trained Coach
  • Provincial B Trained Coach
  • Fatima College ( Trinidad WI)
  • Langara College (Vancouver BC)
  • Certified Auto Body Technician
  • Certified Auto Body Estimator

        Playing background includes:

  • Trinidad and Tobago National U17 Team
  • Richmond Olympics Premier ( VMSL)
  • Argentina AC (VMSL) top scorer
  • Various teams in the Richmond Premier Soccer League which lead to numerous Provincial Championships, MVP awards and scoring titles
  • Fatima College (Trinidad WI) Intercollege  Championships 3 years in a row
  • Langara College: National champions, all Canadian Award, Top Scorer
  • Caribbean All Stars 2005 Nations Cup Champions




Martin Bittengl
    
Coaching background includes:
  • RGSA Technical and Development Coach 2012 to present
  • Delta School District Coach 2013-present
  • UEFA B License lecturer 2010
  • FC Zandt German Soccer Club Assistant Manager and Coach 2009-2011
  • U17-U19 FC Viktoria Plzen Professional Youth Academy Head Coach 2007-2011

     Education includes:

  • UEFA A License
  • University of West Bohemia ( Masters Degree in Physical Education and Sport Science and Psychology
  • Charles University in Prague ( Masters Degree in Physical Education and Sport)
  • Fitness Training Certification
  • Thesis Research and Analysis on Offensive/defensive Activities in Set Plays
  • Thesis Research and Analysis on Comparison of defensive Play in results in the European Cup

     Playing background includes:

  • U15-U20 FC Vitkoria Plzen Professional Academy Team
  • selected professional player for Football Association of Czech Republic for regional and  national teams
  • TJ Jiskra Domazlice Team
  • FC Zandt Germany Team
  • High school Championship team winner of Czech Republic 2001-2002
  • Represented Czech Republic at the High School World Cup 2001
  • High school Championship team winner of Czech Republic in Futsal 2001 and 2003
  • Varsity Soccer at the University of West Bohemia
 
Cassie Sammarco
      

     Coaching background includes:

       • Fusion FC 2011 to present

       • Whitecaps FC 2010 to present

       • RGSA  2012 to present

       • U14 Girls Provincial Team in 2013

      • U16 Girls Provincial Team in 2014

      • Western Canada Games in 2015

     Education includes:

      • Bachelor of Commerce –Sauder School of Business

      • Community Coach (Children, Youth and Senior)

     • Provincial B License 

     Playing background includes:

     • Currently playing in the womens premier league

     • played high level soccer in youth

 

         
       

 


    

Membership Social Media Policy

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Please click on the link below to read BC Soccer's policy on Social Media.  Richmond Girls Soccer Association will be upholding these same policies. 



Board of Directors

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                     RICHMOND GIRLS SOCCER ASSOCIATION 
                        BOARD OF DIRECTORS



The operations of the Richmond Girls Soccer Association are overseen by a Board of  Directors that are elected by our membership.  The Board strives to uphold the Clubs' constitution while ensuring that all of the programs operate in a manner that adheres to our stated goal of providing all participants in our programs with a rewarding, enjoyable soccer  playing experience. 

As of June 3 2015, the Board of Directors is comprised of the following ten individuals:

Executive Officers

  • Mandhir Punia  (Chair)               expires in May 2017
  • Bryan Wevers   (Vice Chair)       expires in May 2018
  • David Monk     ( Treasurer)        expires in May 2017
  • Marty Mueller  (Secretary)          expires in May 2018


Board of Directors
  • Rob Viccars                 expires in May 2018
  • Sylvain Marcotte expires in May 2018
  • Sean Lawson          expires in May 2017
  • Cole Maedel  expires in May 2017
  • Mike Harrower  expires in May 2017
  • Lee Howarth expires in May 2017


Our Values

The Richmond Girls Soccer Association Values have been established to remind players, parents, coaches and staff that the life skills and experience obtained through participation in skill development, competition and teamwork are far more valuable than just winning on the field of play.

Our Mission

To create a fun and safe learning environment where players, coaches and parents can play and mature through the game of soccer.

The Richmond Girls Soccer Association is dedicated to helping all our soccer players realize their sporting potential. All coaching is crafted to our players' specific levels of commitment and stages of development. It is our steadfast belief that young players who are encouraged to express their own natural ability, who are comfortable trying new things and who are not afraid to make mistakes will better reach their potential and develop a life-long love of the game. Lessons learned on the soccer pitch and training ground create good habits and life skills that will equip our young athletes for future success in any field.

Our Vision

The Richmond Girls Soccer Association will become a “league leader” in the soccer community, with a growing reputation for excellent coach and player development and effective club administration.

Soccer will be coached, played and supported in accordance with the spirit of the game, represented by fair play and sportsmanship. 


RGSA Constitution

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Please click on the link below to read Richmond Girl's Soccer Constitution.


Constitution.